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What We Do

About Us

The Community Networking Trust (CNT) was set up to:

- Lead and enable effective social service provision in Eastern Southland

- Facilitate the networking together of all services that exist for the benefit of the wider community

- Support the accessibility and development of social services, resources and facilities within our community

Contracts currently held and delivered by the CNT:

Heartland Services access for the general public to Government and community agencies and services.  

Strengthening Families Case management process for families working with multiple agencies.  

Community Connections Centre 
The Community Connections Centre was established under the Community Networking Trust (Eastern Southland) Inc. The CCC is located at 1 Charlton Lane, Gore, and is open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm.

What is the

Community Connections Centre?

We provide shared resources to a diverse range of community organisations in a comfortable setting with good parking facilities.

By providing a comfortable environment with shared resources community groups can concentrate on achieving their objectives.

If you or your group require an office to work from, our offices are available for both permanent and casual use. There is also a meeting room available for workshops, training days or meetings.

We are happy to provide our services at very reasonable rates so please contact us.

Benefits for the Tenants

Shared Resources minimise those overheads


Meeting Room

Lower Running Costs

Networking with people of like mind

Photocopying, Fax & Internet Facilities available on site

Shared Reception Services

Benefits for the Community

Access to resources, information and community groups.

One Stop Shop

Information on social services and/or support services available.

Community owned, community driven.

Comfortable friendly environment

Benefits For Smaller Groups/Agencies

Access to photocopier, computer, phone, fax.

Receive mail at the centre (instead of using a PO Box)

Use of the Meeting Room for committee meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences.

Same access to resources and networking as tenants.

This service is offered at a very reasonable rate. Our aim is to assist you or your group in any way we can. For more information about the Community Connections Centre, please contact us on:

(03)208 8480 or


As part of our commitment to networking and information sharing, the Community Connections Centre hosts a monthly Community Liaison Meeting.

The purpose of the Community Liaison Meeting is to foster networking and information sharing within our district. These meetings are designed for people to be able to put faces to names, find out what types of social and community organisations are available, explore how we can use resources to their best potential, and gain greater understanding about each individual service.


The meetings are scheduled once a month, on the third Wednesday from 9:30- 10:30am. These meetings are generally informal in nature, focusing on information sharing. 

The Mataura project was originally funded by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and whilst hours have been reduced local funders support this role to continue. Working to a community led development model the aim of this project is to support & coordinate the local Mataura community to achieve healthy, prosperous and positive outcomes. This varies from leading or assisting with local projects and new initiatives or providing support or advice to various community groups. Mataura was a finalist in the 2013 Community of the year awards for New Zealand and is very proud of the work achieved so far. Initiatives included over the past 4 years have included Leadership Incubator, multiple new social support groups, new childcare centre, after school childcare, new business, youth hub and many new events just to name a few. Also many local projects have been recognised nationally including NZ Community Garden of the Year & NZ Museum project of the year. This service is free of charge, and can be accessed by anyone. 

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